The experienced fancy footers at Arthur Murray instruct pupils in the art of coordinated rhythmic motion in 13 styles, ranging from the foxtrot to the mambo. During group lessons, sashaying students learn dance patterns and techniques to lead or follow steps through elegant waltzes, marching merengues, and shock-inducing electric slides. Sessions are tailored for all skill levels from experienced toe tappers to those with little or no dance experience. In each class, steppers pair up with classmates of their skill level to practice perfecting rhythm, movement, choreographed footwork, and synchronized blinking. Dance-persuasions change daily and weekly, providing toes ample variety throughout the monthly calendar.
In front of an 1868-era house—still painted its original avocado green—a spacious front porch extends to welcome guests. Not much has changed since the 19th century; the elegant yet simple space is outfitted with historic details—antiques, period lighting fixtures, ornate rugs—which lend it its timeless grace. In fact, the house still hosts etiquette classes, usually on the topic of table manners or the proper times to cough during a eulogy. The staff hosts a traditional English tea, complete with freshly brewed pots and dainty dishware. Lunch and brunch echo the lighter bites of teatime: plates of sandwiches, salads, and scones sate appetites without distracting from the thoughtful conversation echoing among the tables.
Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre—soon to kick off their 40th season—serve up a sumptuous buffet before each performance to infuse audiences with enough energy for aisle-rolling. Specializing in classic farces, Broadway musicals, and the occasional spot of children’s theater, the troupe has carried out rollicking performances of Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Legally Blonde, and Winnie the Pooh. Every year at yuletide the performers roll out their Christmas special, and every Arbor Day features an all-tree performance of Grease.